Time of Worship
Sunday Morning Bible Class 10:00 AM
Worship Service 10:45 AM
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 PM
Wednesday Night Bible Class and Service 7:00 PM
When are always thrilled to have visitors at any of our worship services. Those who come will be treated respectfully and cordially. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. So you can feel more comfortable when you come we’d like to tell you a little bit about what to expect.
We seek to offer worship to God which is meaningful and devout. We are committed to practicing 1st Century Christianity for the 21st Century. Jesus said:
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4.24)
To worship Him in spirit means to worship Him with sincerity, understanding, and fervor. To worship in truth suggests that we must worship Him according to the Scriptures. In studying the New Testament, we learn that there are at least five distinct channels by which early Christians sought to approach God in worship.
- The study God’s word. Christ taught that we should search the scriptures. (John 5.39.) God speaks to us through His word. In Acts 20.7, we find Paul preaching to the assembly. And Paul commanded Timothy to study. (2 Timothy 2.15.) The purpose of preaching and teaching God’s word is to show people how to be saved and how to live as saved men and women. (2 Timothy 4.1-4.) Worship must be rooted in the word.
- Prayer to God. We read that the early Christians “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2.42.) Prayer affords us the opportunity to speak to God. Paul says, in Philippians 4.6, “…in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And Christ taught that we always should pray. (Luke 18.1.)
- Singing praise to God. Singing was an integral part of New Testament worship: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5.19.) A careful study of the New Testament, as well as History, reveals that the singing of the early church was entirely a cappella — without instrumental accompaniment. (“A cappella” is actually Latin for “in the manner of the church”). Hebrews 13.15 makes it plain that the Lord desires the fruits of our lips to praise Him rather than a lifeless, heartless, mechanical instrument. Because ”it is the Lord Christ whom (we) serve. (Colossians 3.24.)
- Observing the Lord’s Supper. In Matthew 26.26-28, Christ instituted this memorial supper by saying that the bread represents His body and the cup represents His blood. Acts 20.7 shows that it was the practice of early Christians to meet on the first day of the week to break bread. We observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday and the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are passed to every pew.
- Giving as we have been prospered. Paul exhorted the church at Corinth, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him….” (1 Corinthians 16.2.) No certain amount was set but 2 Corinthians 9.7 proclaims that “God loves a cheerful giver.” Visitors may participate if they choose, but they need not feel any pressure to do so.
Our aim is always, as Scripture says, to “continually lay on the altar a sacrifice of praise to God, namely, the utterance of lips that give thanks to His Name.” (Hebrews 13.15.)